Queen Rania Calls Out Western Leaders for “Glaring Double Standard” on Gaza

Queen Rania of Jordan has made a poignant critique of Western leaders for their lack of condemnation regarding the civilian casualties from the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Queen Rania Calls Out Western Leaders for “Glaring Double Standard” on Gaza
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Queen Rania of Jordan has made a poignant critique of Western leaders for their lack of condemnation regarding the civilian casualties from the Israeli bombardment of Gaza. The continued conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, is sending ripples across international diplomacy, threatening to further strain relations between the US and several Arab leaders.

A World's Silence

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the Jordanian queen expressed her shock and disappointment over the international community's response to the ongoing conflict. “The people all around the Middle East, including in Jordan, we are just shocked and disappointed by the world’s reaction to this catastrophe that is unfolding,” Queen Rania shared.

She contrasted the immediate global support for Israel's right to self-defense after the October 7 terror attacks by Hamas with the current silence amidst the ongoing Israeli bombardment. The Hamas attacks left over 1,400 dead and more than 200 taken hostage, as reported by the Israel Defense Forces.

Subsequent Israeli actions included the declaration of a “complete siege” on Gaza, leading to continuous airstrikes and a blockade, denying vital resources, such as food and water, to Gaza's residents. “This is the first time in modern history that there is such human suffering and the world is not even calling for a ceasefire,” she said, emphasizing the perceived inaction and indifference of the global community.

Death Toll Rises Amid Controversy

Latest reports from the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza reveal a staggering death toll from the Israeli airstrikes, with fatalities exceeding 5,000, of which over 2,000 were children.

Additionally, the conflict has claimed the lives of at least 35 UN workers. Israel continues to assert that its military actions are focused on targeting Hamas militants. The nation has also accused Hamas of using civilian areas as shields, thereby contributing to the high civilian death toll.

Yet, Queen Rania's powerful remarks underscore a sentiment prevalent in many parts of the Arab world: “Are we being told that it is wrong to kill a family, an entire family, at gunpoint, but it’s OK to shell them to death? I mean, there is a glaring double standard here,” she stated, adding, “It is just shocking to the Arab world”.

The unfolding crisis in Gaza and the broader Middle East continues to demand urgent global attention, as calls for peace and an end to the violence grow louder.

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